Russia’s other voices

Our response to the global boycott of Russian artists in a pacifist frame of mind. These “other” voices from Russia must and should be heard, for they have significant things to say, whether older or younger.

The composer Galina Ustvolskaïa was once a favorite student of Dmitri Shostakovich and lived in seclusion in Siberia after the end of the Second World War until her death. Her works were hardly played until 1968. It was not until the 1990s that she achieved a certain degree of recognition abroad.

Alexander Khubeev uses multimedia means to set to music and illustrate the poem “Don’t leave the room” (1970) by the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who was expatriated from the Soviet Union in 1972. This poetic warning against the threat of the outside world takes on prophetic significance after the current “Corona” experiences.

The Russian composer Marina Khorkova lives and works in Berlin. In her work “collision” extreme registers, fragile and brutal sound gestures, static and unmediated eventfulness collide with each other in numerous contrasting sound fields. It was premiered by the ensemble “ascolta” in Stuttgart in 2015.

The youngest composer in this concert is Daniil Posazhennikov, a native of St. Petersburg who is currently studying musical theater direction in Zürich.


Marina Khorkova (*1981) “collision” for seven instruments (2015) – 26’ Alexander Khubeev (*1986) “Don’t leave the room” (on text by Joseph Brodsky) for performer in sign language, ensemble and live-video (2020) – 14’ Daniil Posazhennikov (*1994) new work for ensemble (2023/24, WP, commission EPhB) – 15’ Galina Ustvolskaïa (1919–2006) Symphonie No. 5 “Amen” for speaker and 5 instruments (1989/90) – 13’
Daniel Stalder
Kirill Zvegintsov
Miro Widmer («mirofilm»)
Jürg Henneberger